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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.

Our clients

We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.

Our teams

SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists

Senior Banking Expert (approximately 280 working days), multi- Africa

multi- Africa
African Women Rising Initiative

EIB has either put in place, or is currently planning, a number of intermediated credit facilities to cover the financial needs of private enterprise across Sub-Saharan Africa through approved local financial intermediaries. They include (i) banks engaged in financing private businesses; (ii) banks engaged in financing microfinance institutions (MFIs); (iii) MFIs financing microenterprises; and (iv) microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) and other equity funds indirectly financing microenterprises and SMEs. The proposed TA operation will contribute to the overall objective of EIB credit lines to enhance access to finance to private enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will particularly focus on addressing the credit gap for women-owned or led enterprises and fostering women entrepreneurship.

The purpose of the TA operation is to support women's economic empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa by increasing access to finance and providing wider capacity building support to women entrepreneurs in selected countries. The TA operation will i) facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to financial services through capacity building, mentoring, and networking activities, and ii)  provide support to existing or potential EIB financial intermediaries clients in designing, establishing and actively promoting financial services better tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs. The TA operation will therefore bridge the gap between capacity building to women entrepreneurs and improving the supply of financial and non-financial services responding to their needs.

Reducing the financing gap faced by women entrepreneurs will have wider positive effects on economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction. The achievement of the overall objective will in turn contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goal 5 on gender equality and goal 8 on economic growth, and to the EIB Group Strategy on Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment.


Qualifications and skills

  • At least a university degree, preferably in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Banking, or related field or equivalent;
  • Full fluency in English. Strong working knowledge in French would constitute an advantage.

General professional experience

  • KE2 should have an in depth knowledge of the SME banking sector and/or microfinance sectors evidenced by 8 years of professional experience (either working for a MSME lending/financial services TA organisation or a SME/Microfinance financial services provider);
  • Similar experience of working in a senior expert position on an IFI/donor financed TA operation projects in the past 5 years;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Specific professional experience

  • Experience in conducting gender analysis of banks' portfolio, institutional strategies, business models and delivery mechanisms to reach out to women entrepreneurs and women-led MSMEs is desired;
  • Prior experience of applying gender analysis across a project cycle to inform project design, implementation and monitoring, and undertake stakeholder analysis and mapping is desired;
  • Practical experience of at least 5 years in successful capacity building of financial intermediaries, including some or all of the following: conducting needs assessments and analysis of results, development of subsequent training and coaching plans, development of curricula and training materials, organisation and delivery of trainings;
  • Experience of 3 successful financial intermediary product diversification projects and related activities (development of policies and procedures, staff training on new/revised products across the financial intermediary, marketing and communication strategies etc.);
  • Experience in developing women entrepreneur focused products would be an asset.
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